Jan 312012

These female Great-tailed Grackles were photographed at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, Texas. They were making their way through the reeds and trees that grow along the north end of the pond.   County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Jan 14, 2012 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear

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Jan 302012

This male Great-tailed Grackle was photographed in the parking lot of Creekview High School in Carrollton. Grackles have a very abrasive sounding call. It is full of clicks, screeches, and other unpleasant sounding noises. This bird was in fine form, making the grackle’s signature call over and over again.   County – Denton City –

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Jan 292012
Great Egret - Hunting the Reeds

This Great Egret was observed hunting on the dry side of our local Beaver dam. This bird appears to be showing some early signs of breeding plumage development. Observation Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Jan 21, 2012 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Cold (less than 50°F/10°C) Weather – Clear

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Jan 252012
Red-eared Slider - Out of Place

Red-eared Sliders are considered semi-aquatic turtles. They spend most of their lives in and around suitable bodies of water such as creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes. But, sometimes Red-eared Sliders are inspired to wander. When they do, you might find them in unexpected locations. I’ve encountered them trudging across open fields, far from their normal

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Jan 242012
Journal - Rescue, Rehab, and Release

Dateline – March 1, 2009 This past spring my daughter and I were invited to participate in an event that turned out to be quite a remarkable experience. Valeri Marler of the Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center, graciously asked us to accompany her in the releasing of a number

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Jan 222012
American Kestrel - Stay Puft

We observed this male American Kestrel perched on a bare branch of a small tree near our neighborhood greenbelt. The tree overlooks a creek that runs adjacent to a residential subdivision. The weather was brisk this morning, and the kestrel was puffed up against the cold. We began photographing the bird as discreetly as possible.

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Jan 212012

Jupiter Road runs north and south along the border between the towns of Richardson and Garland, Texas. There is a healthy population of Eurasian Collared-dove living along this route, especially between the intersection Beltline Road in the south and that of Campbell Road in the north.   County – Dallas City – Richardson Date –

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Jan 202012

This photography session was inspired by a comment left on an earlier article about Ring-billed Gulls. The commenter was a researcher operating out of Quebec, and he was curious to see if we had spotted any of his banded gulls here in Dallas. You can read more about his project here: gull.uqam.ca As it turns

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